The 8 Best Dorms in the South
Ranked by students who have lived there, these Southern universities have the best on-campus housing options.
Going off to college and living in a small dorm room is a right of passage so many of us have experienced. Freshman year housing is usually random, which means the age of the building (and the furniture) is totally up to chance. You could get linoleum tile floors and drop ceilings or you could get brand new hardwoods and a private bathroom. We may be biased, but we think Southerners are some of the best-primed students to make the best of less-than-ideal living quarters (have you seen these impressive dorm rooms makeovers?) but it certainly doesn’t hurt to start with an already pretty room.
The Princeton Review recently released its 2019 edition of college rankings, and one of the questions it asked students was, “How would you rate your school’s dorms and residence halls?” Of the 20 top-rated dorm rooms, 8 are in the South. Check out the list of the South’s best dorm rooms below.
High Point University (North Carolina)
94 percent of the 4,467 undergraduate students live on campus—a telling sign of high-quality residence halls. Students have the choice of several housing types, but everyone gets to take advantage of High Point’s complimentary laundry service.
Texas Christian University (Texas)
Only about half of TCU’s students live on campus, but those who do are very happy with their housing options, ranging from single rooms to apartment-style units with spacious living areas and updated kitchens.
Emory University (Georgia)
All first-year students are required to live on campus at Emory, fostering a sense of community among hallmates and neighbors. After freshman year, 65 percent of undergrads continue to live on campus.
Rice University (Texas)
Rice University has a unique tradition where students are randomly assigned to one of 11 residential colleges before arriving on campus. Each college has its own dining hall and dormitories, which become close-knit communities: Most first-year students and 75 percent of upperclassmen live in their assigned colleges.
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Vanderbilt University (Tennessee)
Vanderbilt has a residency requirement, which means all 6,885 undergraduate students are required to live on campus, unless granted permission by the university (only 10 percent end up living off-campus). Housing options range from traditional double-occupancy rooms to suites or lodges with up to 10 single bedrooms.
The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (Alabama)
After freshman year, 75 percent of Alabama students live off campus or in Greek housing, but with a student body of 33,000+, that’s still a large number of students living in university housing. Traditional and suite-style dorms are available for those who choose to stay on campus.
Elon University (North Carolina)
Elon has a wide variety of housing options for the 64 percent of undergraduates who choose to live on-campus. There are of course traditional double-occupancy dorm rooms and suites, but 318 lucky upperclassmen get to live in apartment-style houses with private rooms and bathrooms—and even spacious front porches.
Loyola University Maryland (Maryland)
80 percent of students live on-campus at Loyola University, and with several suite-style residence halls, students can have a full kitchen by their sophomore year.